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Gimme a monkey king, Mom

By Zhou Yuanyuan

Updated: 2013-11-07

Gimme a monkey king, Mom

Children and their parents visiting the 3rd China-Shanxi Agricultural Products Trade Expo have their gaze fixed on Dong Jinlong, an artist who's making dough figures, and the kids are yelling, "I want a monkey king, Mom!" or "I want a Zhu Bajie, Mom!" Upon which, the artist quickly grabs some dough of different color, kneads it, and transforms it into a vivid figure.

When asked about his work, the 63-year-old Dong, who hails from the village of Xiaohuai, Shanxi province, said confidently, "You just name any figure from one of China's four greatest master pieces and I can make a copy for you."

Edited by Roger Bradshaw

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